David Dimbleby to leave Question Time. Yeah!

  • David Dimbleby is to leave Question Time after 25 years on the BBC's flagship political programme.

    The presenter, who will leave the show at the end of the year, said it was "the right moment" to go.

    The 79-year-old, who has chaired the show since 1994, insisted he was "not giving up broadcasting" but planned "to return to my first love: reporting".

    There must be something in the water at the moment. What with ITV's announcement the other day, that Peston's programme is being relegated to a graveyard slot on Wednesday evenings, Dimbleby has said he is leaving QT.


    I don't know why he is so popular. He is totally inept, ill informed and seems half asleep most of the time. He is truly someone who has traded off a family brand name. When he did the commentary for the Queen's Jubilee, he clearly had done no preparation and his monotonous commentary completely ruined the event for me. As for his tenure at QT, my comments would probably border on the illegal, but his PC "stewardship" of the programme has been a disaster. I say good riddance


    The BBC are looking for a female replacement because the previous presenters have been men.:rolleyes: Wouldn't the best person for the job be a better idea?

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  • If they can find a female, gay , Muslim veggie it will be PC box ticking heaven !

    If she's from an ethnic minority they'll wet themselves.^^ Seeing as British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is plastered all over the BBC at the moment...


    Prepare for the programme to go downhill rapidly. (Can it get worse?)

    History is much like an Endless Waltz. The three beats of war, peace and revolution continue on forever.

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  • Paxman might be fun. Emily Mattis would be professional, keep good order and add some intelligence without trying parade it. Andrew Neill would be as good as Mattis (particularly if you are sight-challenged) and he would add some gaiety to the proceedings. Talking of gaiety, Euan Davies would make me vomit - his his fake smarmy bonhomie, thin little jackets and his excitable infatuation with his own questions which last twice as long as the answers from a good guest interviewee - I mean, really, what's to like?


    For my money, any replaced chairman must have the guts to stop dead those panellists who interrupting one another, if necessary by pressing a button that turns off their microphone. Also, practically all of the questions to the panel can be answered initially with a yes or no or one short sentence, before expanding on the answer. Any panellist who weighs in without first stating their basic response to the question is like to burble on pointlessly and should quickly be stopped from answering and invited to think about giving a clear initial response to the question while another panellist has a go at responding. Politicians on the panel who are unwilling, unable or afraid to offer their personal opinion should have their microphone disconnected for that question. That would soon separate the men from the boys.


    In the final analysis, anyone but David Dimbleby will be an improvement. DD has an unerring tendency to interrupt a bright panellist who is saying something interesting and to the point. DD thinks his interrupted question adds sparkle to the debate but it is has the precise opposite effect, being invariably asinine and unintelligent. One other thing, unless the evening's panel are a bunch of dimwits a little less contribution from the audience wouldn't go amiss.

  • Fiona Bruce to take over Question Time?

    Fiona Bruce is in talks about taking over as presenter of the discussion programme Question Time.

    BBC media editor Amol Rajan said negotiations with Bruce, who presents the News at Six and Ten as well as the Antiques Roadshow, were continuing.

    Current host David Dimbleby will leave the show in December after 24 years.

    The morning papers are filled with this story too, so it looks like Fiona Bruce will be taking over QT when Dimbledy leaves. Paxman would've been far more fun, although I would've liked to have seen someone like Nick Ferrari do it, but I like Fiona Bruce.


    I suppose its better for the BBC too, in that you stick to what you know, although no doubt Bruce's pay packet will rise massively with this new role.

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  • Anyone will be an improvement over David Dimbleby. What's needed is someone who can control some real tiresome creeps (usually politicians) who appear on the panel and interrupt, duck questions, flog a party line and clog the microphone with bullshit


    The right panel chairman, to edit the crap, would regain the quality panellists who used to appear on Question Time before David Dimbleby defanged it by imposing his natural BBC establishment banality


    I don't think Fiona Bruce has what it takes to do that, nice lady though she is. Paxman could do it if he kept his ego in check. Emily Matis has demonstrated the grit to do it. Kirsty Young would have been terrific, an iron first in a velvet glove, but sadly she has chronic illness that is near enough manageable with Desert Island Discs but not with Question Time. Robin Day (RIP) would have been wonderful at it.

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  • I don't have a problem with the politicians on the panel, but like all BBC's political output know, they always seem to have some yank guest, or second rate actor, or "comedian" to add "variety."


    When I watch comedy shows, I want to watch comedians. When I watch political shows, I want to watch politicians. I don't see why the two should be mixed.

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  • I don't have a problem with the politicians on the panel, but like all BBC's political output know, they always seem to have some yank guest, or second rate actor, or "comedian" to add "variety."


    When I watch comedy shows, I want to watch comedians. When I watch political shows, I want to watch politicians. I don't see why the two should be mixed.

    Is Question Time a political show?


    How far can one stretch your soul-destroying definition beyond those looking for a cure for insomnia into the land of the living? David Starkey? Jordan Petersen? Alan Sugar? Niall Ferguson? Jeff Bezos? James Dyson?

  • Question Time presenter David Dimbleby was given a standing ovation as he hosted his final show after almost 25 years in the hot seat.

    The programme will continue in the new year with Fiona Bruce moderating the debate.

    Good riddance. Overrated based on his father's reputation, not his own.

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